GIJN Webinar — Investigating the Pandemic: Masterclass on Online Research with Paul Myers

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Reporting on the ground and interviewing people face-to-face have become high-risk activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are ways to continue investigative work using your computer and cutting-edge online techniques – critical skills at all times. Join us for this GIJN webinar, Online Research with open source sleuth Paul Myers, part of GIJN’s series Investigating the Pandemic

Paul Myers is head of the BBC Academy’s Investigation Support project, working with news and current affairs programmes and sharing vital new skills with journalists. He has worked at the sharp end of online research for 20 years, pioneering online research techniques that are now commonplace in the media.

Myers is one of our most popular speakers at GIJN conferences. His webinar will include tips on how to find people and how to search social networks, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Myers will also provide an update on searching the top four search engines.

This 90-minute webinar is free and designed for journalists interested in investigating the pandemic. It is the tenth in a GIJN series, Investigating the Pandemic. Coming soon: digging into multi-million dollar government contracts; presenting pandemic data visually with infographics expert Alberto Cairo; and data journalism and the pandemic with Giannina Segnini. Watch our Twitter feed @gijn and newsletter for future events.


  1. We will NOT be uploading a recording of this session after the webinar, so please do join us live.
  2. GIJN will offer Russian translation for this webinar. Follow the technical instructions in the image to select the language desired. It is important to select “Mute original audio” so that you will only hear one language instead of two languages at the same time.

Sign up for the webinar here!

Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
8:00 (Bogota, Lima)
9:00am EDT (Washington DC, La Paz, Santiago)
10:00 (Brasilia, Buenos Aires)
13:00 (Monrovia, Rabat)
14:00 BST (Abuja, London, Tunis)
15:00 CET (Berlin, Paris, Cairo, Johannesburg)
16:00 MSK (Amman, Moscow, Kyiv, Kampala, Nairobi)
17:00 (Muscat)
18:00 (Islamabad)
19:00 (Dhaka)
20:00 (Bangkok, Jakarta)
21:00 CST (Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur)
23:00 (Canberra)

Before the webinar, check out this interview with Myers, and his tipsheet below:

Finding People Online: A Tipsheet From Paul Myers

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